Performing Artists

 
 
 

The Southern belles

Playing a high-octane mix of funky southern psychedelic Rock & Roll, the Belles perform hundreds of shows and festivals each year. Their ability to instinctively communicate with one another was apparent right from the start, but as they’ve continued to play together this cultured ability has grown exponentially. The Southern Belles road-tested sound has earned them a devout following, with fans traveling far and wide to catch the show. With their current album “Close To Sunrise,” released in July of 2015, the Southern Belles are picking up steam and gaining national notoriety for their original compositions and song craft. Their songs are both fun and moving, with lyrical stories evoking familiar emotions and complex musical journeys.

Cris Jacobs Band

Whether alone with just the guitar and his voice or surrounded by a full band, Cris Jacobs enchants listeners with his inspired, poignant songwriting, virtuous guitar playing, and soulfully transcendent voice. Artists across the board have discovered Jacobs’ musicianship and supple versatility, resulting in an impressive variety of formats in which he has played over the last few years.

Mighty Joshua & Zion #5

Independent Reggae Artist Mighty Joshua engages audiences by opening minds and activating bodies through song. His musical roots in African percussion led to experimenting with sound and rhythm. Soon after exposure to Djembe and Djun Djun drums they became a part of his playing repertoire which also includes the Didgeridoo. His soulful exploration in the evolution of sound creates an expression of reggae for the modern day.

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Life on mars: a david bowie tribute

Life on Mars is a 6-piece tribute band dedicated to honoring the life and music of David Bowie. The group was conceived in 2014 by bassist Rusty Farmer and has continued to perform to sold out crowds since its liftoff in 2015. The band strives to develop its musical repertoire, costumes, lighting, and multimedia to recreate the experience that the brilliant iconoclast David Bowie brought to millions of fans over multiple decades.

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Red Light rodeo

Wes Canter leads the band with his tobacco stained crooning and heavy-hitting rhythm guitar. Zach Hudgins brings masterfully delivered thumping standup bass with floor rattling solos and sings high harmony vocals. Zack Miller works double duty playing blistering leads on both mandolin and fiddle (sometimes in the same song!) all while singing middle and bass harmonies. Together their musical backgrounds cover the gambit from classic country music to British whaling ballads, early 20th century swing, gospel, funk, and of course, traditional old-time Appalachian music.

At their core Red Light Rodeo has been called a “bluegrass power trio” but the band believes the music they play could more aptly be described as "honkgrass" since even their bluegrass and folk music is tinged heavily with a country sound and feel.
 

King EASY

King Easy is a Richmond Roots Rock Reggae band with a mix of dub. They have been playing in and around Richmond since 2011, originally by the name of Crane Fly (2011-2013), then to Lost Dreads (2013-2015) and eventually landed on King Easy. The band consists of Austin Stalnaker (Writer, Guitar, Vox), Kwan Burke (Keys, Vox, Trumpet), Ryan Rice (Bass), and Ryan Harlowe (Drums). Austin, Kwan, and Rice were members of the original Crucial Elements back in the day with Wiley Crazy Horse Jones(Antero), Chucky Love. Kwan has also had the pleasure of playing Keys for Antero and Mighty Joshua. Ryan Harlowe was a former member of Proverbial and Unity Sound. With this super group of RVA musicians King easy is looking forward to bringing you uplifting originals with a bounty of positive vibes. Blending old school Roots Rock Reggae with a progressive touch of the new school sound, King Easy is sure to get you swaying and dancing all night long.